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T ble of Contents April 2013
Vol. 65, No. 9
Page 3 April/May Calendar Pages 4 The Internship Business Page 5 Liberty Broadens Concealed Carry Policy Page 6-7 Fracking: A Benefit for Ohio? Pages 8-9 Q&A with Dr. Brown Pages 10-11 Changes for Bible Dept. as Faculty Depart Page 13 Through Injuries, Athlete Focuses on God Pages 14-15 Philosophy, Papers and the Pinkerton Raid Page 16-17 Editors’ Picks Page 18 Inversions Hope to Grow, Compete Movie Review: “The Host” Page 19 Opinion - Our Social Posts: Will Our Children Care? From front cover: Anti-fracking posters covered many storefronts in Yellow Springs since last year, when the village banned the practice. Photo by Stephen Port
Holly McClellan Managing Editor Zack Anderson Assistant Managing Editor National/International Editor Becca Powlus Arts and Entertainment Editor Madison Troyer Campus News Print Editor Crystal Goodremote Campus News Online Editor Jesse Silk Sports Editor Kate Norman, Lauren Eissler Copy Editors
Just Sayin’ ...
rom a young age, I’ve been blessed with the curse of insatiable curiosity. I want to know the answer to everything. Why is the sky blue? How does Rita’s make Swedish Fishflavored Italian ice? Does the lost city of Atlantis really exist? Though this cuBecca Powlus riosity has gotten me into trouble on numerous occasions (What is this “No Trespassing” sign here for?), it’s become an important part of who I am. Growing up in a Christian environment was challenging for me at times. Though I knew I could always ask questions at home, I began to notice an unspoken and subtle resistance when I started to ask questions outside. I wasn’t trying to be a nuisance or a doubter; I simply had questions and had to ask them. Some people didn’t like my questions. After all, aren’t questions a sign of doubt, and isn’t doubt a lack of faith? I was never quite okay with that, and I’m really glad a lot of other people weren’t okay with it either. Just this year I started reading a book by David Dark entitled “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything.” A title like that makes a lot of people nervous. Often in Christian realms there is an unspoken fear of questioning things. I know that faith is assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1), but does that mean it’s wrong to ask questions? At the end of the day, I still believe in the fundamental truths of scripture. But those truths would mean nothing if I never gained the courage to question and evaluate them.
I think some people are afraid that God isn’t pleased when we question him. I beg to differ. When Christ, both fully human and fully God, cries out as he is hanging on the cross, he in essence questions himself, saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Perhaps it’s time we stop touting the idea of blind faith and prepare ourselves to ask difficult questions, even if they can’t be answered here on earth. In his book “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything,” David Dark makes an excellent point: “More humility might characterize our talk of God if we believe that the whole truth can never be entirely ours and that our attempts to nail God down are always well-intentioned human constructs at best and idols at worst.” I can imagine that few people have encouraged you to do this before, but I challenge you to question everything. Don’t become a cynic, skeptic or know-it-all – ask questions out of humility and genuine curiosity, not sarcasm. Ask questions, listen to responses and accept the fact that final answers may never come. Question what you hear preached in sermons; evaluate the pastor’s words according to scripture. Question what the media tells you; explore the topics they won’t report on. Question your motives and passions. Question the world around you. Question everything. And at the end of the day, remember what you know to be true. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When you see how great our God is, you’ll know that he can handle whatever questions you might have. But as you journey on from here, please don’t ever let your questioning drive you from the only one who has the answers.
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April 2013 Sunday
- Honoring Dr. Brown Chapel - Women’s Tennis v. Central State
- Symphonic Band and Brass Concert - Last SGA Chapel
- Final Exams - Baseball v. St. Joseph’s - Softball v. Wheeling Jesuit
- Jazz Band Concert - Senior Chapel
- Final Exams - Baseball v. Miami - Hamilton
- No Chapel: ELLIV Set-up
- Final Exams - Celebration of Service: William E. Brown and Mrs. Brown
- No Chapel: ELLIV Set-up - Baseball v. Trevecca Nazarene
- Final Exams
- ELLIV 2013 - Baseball v. Trevecca Nazarene
- 117th Annual Commencement - Baseball v. Ohio Midwestern
The Internship Business Dayton organization helps businesses build better internships by Zack Anderson
Graphic by Radleigh Wakefield
ohn Jones is the University of Dayton political science department’s internship coordinator. Jones said he really likes it when students do not enjoy their internships. “My junior year of undergraduate, I worked for two different attorney firms all that entire school year, and by the time I got done with that, I knew for certain that I had no absolute desire to be an attorney,” Jones said, “and I made other decisions about what I did for graduate school and what sort of career I found myself in.” Now, as a University of Dayton adjunct faculty and internship coordinator, Jones says he gets to do what he enjoys: teaching, working with students and working with businesses. He also gets to do some of this type of work as president of DaytonINTERNS, a consulting group that helps businesses start internship programs. In the past half a year, DaytonINTERNS, a group associated with Dayton young professional’s group UpDayton, has begun consulting with businesses in the area to help them with internships. This can be anything from auditing an existing program, recruiting interns or helping to start a new internship program, said Valerie Beerbower, who does marketing and public relations for DaytonINTERNS. The consulting firm mainly consists of Beerbower, Jones and Michelle Ton, who handles the firm’s social media and website. All three of them have been able to use their own internship and professional experiences to help DaytonINTERNS. Jones said the core of what DaytonINTERNS does is bridge the gap between the academic world and the business world. “What I really feel that we do in a very succinct way is that we provide effective communication and understanding between both sides of that coin because we can speak both languages,” Jones said. “We can speak both business and academic.” Jones said DaytonINTERNS started as a project out of UpDayton’s 2011 annual summit event. “A group got together to try to focus on reaching out to businesses to try to increase the number of internships around the metropolitan area,” Jones said. “And I was asked to join that group because of the work that I do at the University of Dayton for the political science department.” Because of his internship work, Jones also said he had an idea of what could be done in Dayton regarding internships, both economically and politically. “I’m not going to get in to who is who,” Jones said, “but when new ideas show up in the region, there’s a territorial-ness that’s pres-
ent where those various different power groups try to identify, ‘Okay, is this our idea? Is this somebody else’s idea? And what opinion do we have about that new idea based on does it belong to us, or does it not belong to us?’ ” Ton, who studied communication at Ohio State University, gained experience with social media from her own internship experiences. “I actually started some of the social media for the internships, the places that I worked for,” Ton said. “And that helped me feel like I was valuable, and I helped the company further their brand and their awareness within the community, and it was really a win-win situation.” Beerbower said she has been able to use both her professional and volunteer connections to help DaytonINTERNS. After a job associated with an internship she had in Cincinatti didn’t work out, Beerbower said she moved to the Dayton area where her then-fiancé was living and, on top of looking for a job, she began volunteering. Beerbower, who works in marketing, said she is now a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the American Advertising Federation, Generation Dayton and JumpstART – an arts program for young adults. “All of these different groups that I’m in, I’m making all sorts of connections,” Beerbower said, “and I understand through course of conversation the different types of needs that they have for their business and now have the opportunity to come back to them and say, ‘Remember that conversation that we had about that you wanted to, you know, maybe have a little bit more help, especially in the summer when you’re really busy? Well, I was wondering if you were considering maybe starting an internship program, and here’s what I can do to get you started.’ ” Like Jones and Ton, Beerbower, who is the vice chair of UpDayton’s board, got involved with DaytonINTERNS at the 2011 UpDayton
summit. The firm is only a part-time job for all three members. Beerbower said it is really important to get involved in the community and make connections in ways like this. “Just because you think that there are some things that you feel are beyond your ability to change, doesn’t mean you can’t do anything,” Beerbower said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what your abilities are or different types of skill sets that you have, you can do something. So just do something.”
Liberty Broadens Concealed Carry Policy by Mary Miller
ecent acts of violence in schools have caused Liberty University to broaden its concealed carry policy, and Cedarville is considering doing the same to try to keep students safe, campus safety says. On March 22, Liberty’s Board of Trustees announced a change in the university’s firearms policy, allowing students over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon into academic buildings. Students will need to have a concealed carry weapons permit valid in Virginia as well as permission from the LU police department. Firearms are still prohibited in residence halls. Safety is the goal of Cedarville’s firearms policy, according to Douglas Chisholm, director of campus safety. Ever since the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the university has been adapting to new security concerns, first adding a mass communication system that can send alerts to phones and emails then bringing armed security guards to campus. Chisholm said that the Sandy Hook tragedy confirmed to him that more needed to be done to protect students. Cedarville is currently looking very carefully at the changes made by Liberty. “After we got the information on Liberty, I passed it on to key people who are reading it,” Chisholm said. “There’s been more discussion on an informal level at this point. I anticipate that we will have some discussion on [concealed carry policies] in the upcoming month or two.” Liberty’s path to changing their firearms policy began with students. Craig Storrs, a senior at Liberty, has been involved in the ongoing change since 2010. “As a member of the Liberty University Student Senate, this was a legislative priority for me,” Storrs said. The original bill found overwhelming favor with students but was
eventually vetoed by vice president for student affairs Mark Hine. Storrs then approached Liberty’s chancellor, Jerry Falwell, Jr., who was “extremely receptive to the idea.” In November 2011, the Liberty University Board of Trustees voted to adopt a new policy that allowed students to carry on the outdoor areas of campus and allowed faculty and staff to carry in all academic buildings. Storrs considered this a good first step toward the desired end results. “I decided to let the policy sit for an academic year,” Storrs said. “In July of 2012, after seeing absolutely no problems arise from the policy, I approached the chancellor again to see if we couldn’t expand the policy.” After some discussion, Falwell brought a new amendment to the board of trustees. The board voted in March to treat students equal to faculty and staff by allowing them to carry concealed firearms in both academic and administrative buildings, according to the school’s website. Liberty University General Counsel David Corry thinks there is little risk of the new policy bringing any added danger to the campus. “These are the same people who are able to carry concealed weapons throughout the state,” Corry said. “The state has blessed them, and we run our own separate checks on them here with our university police department before they are issued an extra permit that allows them privileges on our campus.” Storrs is optimistic that concealed carry will make Liberty’s campus a safer place. “We have not seen a spike in firearm or violent crime in the almost two years that Liberty University has had some kind of concealed carry policy,” Storrs said. “It has also been statistically proven that concealed carry permit holders are less likely to be involved in a firearm related accident.”
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Amendment to Liberty’s weapons policy removing the total ban on firearms; visitors and students over 21 with valid permits will be allowed to carry concealed firearms
The Decision Makers Liberty University’s Board of Trustees
March 22, 2013
Recent trends allowing concealed weapons on university campuses
Source: Liberty University website
Graphic by Radleigh Wakefield
There are several issues that must be considered by an institution when looking at changing their concealed policy. “When faculty and staff carry, people are more likely to be open to the discussion while they have more questions and reservations if students carry,” Chisholm said. One reason is that the school can ensure that faculty and staff have adequate training. According to the Buckeye Firearms Association, a firearms advocacy organization, a basic CCW (carrying a concealed weapon permit) in Ohio requires 12 hours of training. However, this doesn’t guarantee proficiency in a self-defense situation, according to Chisholm. There are advanced CCWs that address advanced scenarios and tactical shooting, which can be required for faculty and staff who carry a concealed weapon. Chisholm said he personally is concerned about where students could store weapons safely. Currently, students who bring firearms to campus for hunting or target shooting check them in with campus safety for storage. Campus safety has never had a problem with this policy in place, but it might not be adequate for a campus that allowed concealed carry, according to Chisholm. Other policies would need to be considered to find safe options for firearm storage without allowing students to keep them in residence halls. “This continues to be an item of interest,” Chisholm said. “I am naturally more pro-gun. At the same time, as the safety director of the institution, I am also going to have safety concerns about misuse. Every institution must consider and look at all the different angles. In the case of an active shooter, the key is to get in and stop the person. If you have armed faculty, staff, and students, you hopefully can stop that person before law enforcement arrives.”
Fracking: A Benefit for Ohio? Special type of drilling could mean jobs and environmental concerns by Holly McClellan
n this corner of Ohio, fracking is the buzzword of the hour. Residents may recognize the slang term from the sometimes inflammatory signs hung in Yellow Springs storefronts repudiating the process, but they may not know exactly what it means. As it turns out, “fracking” is the colloquial term used for induced hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract natural gas from deep within the earth. During this process, fluid is pumped into the earth to create sufficient pressure to fracture shale beneath the surface, which releases natural gas. The method, which actually dates back to the 1860s, has recently been making waves quite close to home. In October of last year, the Yellow Springs Village Council voted 3-2 to approve a Community Bill of Rights ordinance banning corporations from conducting shale gas drilling and related activities in the village. The ordinance makes Yellow Springs the first municipality in Ohio to enact such a Bill of Rights and to include specific prohibitions on drilling. Numerous environmental groups have dedicated themselves to protesting the process wherever it’s considered. Most say that fracking causes a number of environmental ills: contamination of groundwater, disruption of the landscape and increased seismic activity, to name only a few. Environmental impact aside, hydraulic fracturing is a major undertaking. Millions of gallons of water are pumped into the ground for each fracture. And up to 600 chemicals are used in the fracking process, including known carcinogens like lead, mercury and uranium. According to dangersoffracking.com, a website that encourages citizens to protest the process to their elected representatives, methane gas and toxic chemicals leach out of the well area and contaminate nearby groundwater. They also state that there have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory and neurological damage due to the ingestion of contaminated water. They also object to the fact that only 30 to 50 percent of the fracking water is then recovered (often to be used again), and the rest is left in the earth, which they say might lead to the further contamination of potable ground water. All told, the process produces about 300,000 barrels of natural gas a day – and that’s gas coming from right here, on our own soil, not out in the ocean or from the war-
torn Middle East. Yet, as these environmental groups ask us, at what cost? If anyone at Cedarville is qualified to answer such questions, it’s assistant professor of geology Tom Rice. A geologist and engineer, Rice worked most of his life before coming to Cedarville in the oil industry, including several years as a private consultant for companies exploring the Marcellus shale formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Rice said he’s been involved in just about every part of the hydraulic fracturing process, and on the whole he thinks fracking has got an unfairly bad rap. “There are a lot of misstatements, a lot of bad information out there about the environmental impact,” Rice said. “I know what the problems are that can come up and how to deal with them. But what I’ve observed over the years is that a lot of the concerns that people have aren’t really truly about the environment. They’re about the economics that they see, the things they see going on around them – ‘Am I getting my piece of the pie?’ And for a lot of people, it doesn’t take a whole lot of money to make them change their tune.”
“Oil and gas companies are expected to make tremendous profit from leveraging Ohio’s resources and working Ohioans should share in the expansion.” Position Paper
Innovation Ohio As far as the environmental impact goes, Rice said the process has greatly improved over its nearly 150-year history. Miners used to simply shoot nitroglycerin or dynamite down a hole and let it blow. The modern process is much more tested and refined, Rice said – and much more regulated. In his opinion, there are enough laws in place – if companies follow them – to keep the environment safe. Rice’s son Samuel, a junior at Cedarville,
spent the summer working for a hydraulic fracturing company. He said he’s seen numerous home videos (usually filmed in trailers with low-budget equipment, he noted) showing people taking water directly out of wells or taps and being able to light it on fire. Such videos are meant to show methane contamination of potable groundwater from hydraulic fracturing, but Rice said that the videos simply don’t show the whole picture. “A lot of that is not directly related to fracking because the fracturing takes place so far underneath the ground – a couple miles – and the water table of where people draw their water from is usually just a couple hundred feet under the ground,” Samuel Rice said. “What might contaminate the water is sloppy removal of the water when it comes back out of the well. It might spill onto the ground, get into a stream, but that’s just carelessness.” Tom Rice confirmed that he’s heard of irresponsible mining companies spilling thousands of gallons of antifreeze or gasoline at job sites and contaminating groundwater that way, but this is not at all related to the fracturing process. “Those things happen,” Rice said. “But those things can also be controlled. You can crack down on that. We can beat up on the guy that let that happen. We can fire him. We can train him. But if you’ve got a reputable company following industry guidelines and they have integrity and they have well-trained people, it’s going to be rare when they have those type of things occur.” Another frequent concern – and one that Rice also put to rest - is the fear of increased seismic activity. That’s because, as Rice noted, hydraulic fracturing is essentially forcing earthquakes beneath the ground. But they’re just not that big, he said – certainly not much bigger than the seismic rumblings that occur unnoticed throughout the world every day. “I don’t know of any place where the normal hydraulic fracturing process for releasing gas has ever produced an earthquake that people have felt and has rattled anything,” Rice said. He also said that all seismic activity is carefully monitored by mining companies to make sure things stay under control. So if fracking’s so safe, why the controversy? Rice said the main reason fracking has come to the national forefront is simply the perfect combination of many factors, most of them political and economic: resurgence of environmental groups, economic woes and rampant unemployment. “But the biggest factor in the whole thing is the well-head price of gas,” Rice said. “Gas has to be sold at a certain price before [frackApril 2013
Graphic by Radleigh Wakefield
ing] becomes economical, and for years the gas price was so low that people knew they could do this, but they just didn’t pursue it vigorously. Everything finally came together, and everybody got into the game – buying land and drilling holes. Now the price is way back down, and the activity is falling off. But they know the gas is there, they know it can be obtained, and I think it’s going to be a long-term part of our energy solution - if you want to call it that.” Fracking has also been seen as a solution for the job-hungry Midwest, a dream that has largely not materialized. Shale-rich northwestern Ohio, which experienced a fracking boom in 2011, was promised a wealth of new jobs – a concept that non-profit news organization Grist.com calls “a joke.” In their report, employment in fracking counties showed no significant increase over non-fracking counties. And though the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said that fracking has created jobs in well drilling, pipeline construction, and similar work, there’s also evidence that it may be killing jobs in other sectors, particularly farming and tourism. Ohio Governor John Kasich, in a statement made last December, stands behind the process, just so long as gas and oil companies that want to mine Ohio shale use Ohio labor. That’s not always the case, Kasich said, and that’s a problem. “You could have a situation where we are not getting the jobs; they’re taking the resources and all their profits, and they’re heading home,” Kasich said during a ceremony in his office actually designed to honor the 2012 Ohio State football team. “That is not acceptable to me. Now, we don’t have the conclusive evidence that this is happening yet, but I want you all to know, and I want the companies to know that this is an extremely serious matter, and we expect them to be responsive to the people of this state.” In response to the governor’s statements, the policy group Innovation Ohio released a position paper encouraging state lawmakers to pass “Hire Ohio” incentives for oil companies. “Oil and gas companies are expected to make tremendous profit from leveraging Ohio’s resources,” the paper states, “and working Ohioans should share in the expansion.” When considering the entire fracking process, Rice said that it’s certainly not perfect, but for right now it’s a viable option. “I’m not married to fossil fuel,” Rice said. “It just happens to be something that is plentiful, cheap and can be distributed rather easily based upon our history of development. I don’t know of any other energy source that’s like that. So we have a big supply of natural gas, which is fairly environmentally friendly. “But if somebody could step forward and say, ‘I could replace this today for the same price, and everybody could take advantage of it,’ I would be on the bandwagon so fast, and I’d say cut off the use of oil, gas, coal, everything right now. But it’s not there, and it’s not going to be there.”
Q&A with Dr. Brown by Zack Anderson
fter serving as Cedarville’s president for 10 years, William Brown, Ph.D., only has a few months left officially on the job, although Provost John Gredy has already taken over as acting president. Cedars
sat down with Dr. Brown to talk about chapel, his upcoming graduation speech on May 4, his plans for the next few months and his expectations after he serves as chancellor next year. This interview took place on Tuesday, April 9.
Cedars: So Monday, April 8, was your last time speaking for a full chapel. Dr. Brown: I didn’t want anybody to actually know that, you know. And Pastor Rohm wanted to say it, because, even though on the 22nd, which is in two weeks, the students are doing kind of a thank you thing, and I’m going to share just a few minutes, it won’t be like preparing a whole chapel. And - I’m giving you more information than you really need - I flew in from Denver on Sunday. I’d been there four days. It’s always a short window trying to get ready for chapel and so on. But I did have some time to think on the way back. That’s when I wrote up that thing on, ‘Have an awesome day in Christ,’ you know. And I
had a lot of requests for that, so I thought I’d just put it on my Facebook for the few people that wanted it, tell them to go there. And I just put it on half an hour ago, and I think there’s 200 people that have already gotten it, so I had no idea that was such a big deal, except I saw the shirt.
Cedars: What was your response to the standing ovation at the end of that chapel? Dr. Brown: I guess I was a little emotional then anyway, and I didn’t look around much. So it was very nice. That showing of appreciation like that is very, very meaningful because I knew it was heartfelt, you know. It wasn’t like, ‘Okay, everybody, it’s time to stand,’ or ‘This person stood up. I guess we should stand up, too.’ I think everybody meant it, and that meant a lot.
Cedars: Why did you end chapels with “Have an awesome day in Christ”? Dr. Brown: This is what I really want to be, in awe of God all day long, seeing his hand and so on. And it just seemed appropriate. So I said it knowing what I meant but not realizing that students would see that as a tagline that they found, at least, identifying for me. But from some of the messages that I’ve been getting, it was very meaningful for them as well. That’s why I didn’t say it every day. I didn’t want it to become a cliché. But it’s kind of funny, sometimes when I wouldn’t say it, I’d get an email from a student saying, ‘Well, why didn’t you say that?’
Cedars: This year’s graduation ceremony
will be your last as president. Dr. Brown: Commencement is always an incredible time. It’s very moving because even though we’re a pretty fairly large school, I get to know a lot of students: some personally, some just by acquaintance and interacting with them. We have a lot of students in our home, and I meet with a lot of students. And just shaking their hand as they go across, sometimes it gets very bittersweet in the sense of, ‘You made it. You’re going on,’ and, ‘I’m really going to miss you.’
Cedars: What does it mean to you to be giving the commencement address? Dr. Brown: I always give a seven to 10 minute address because I want to make sure that the gospel is shared. Because sometimes we have speakers, and we want them to talk to the students - the graduates - about perspective and so on. And sometimes they will share the gospel, sometimes not. But I always work very hard to have a brief message because there’s a lot of family and friends there that don’t know the Lord. And I want them to know what the gospel of Jesus Christ is and have an opportunity to respond and encourage them to respond. I’ll say something like, ‘The best gift you can give your graduate today is to give yourself to Jesus Christ and trust in him.’
Cedars: What are some things you’re looking forward to over your last few months as president? Dr. Brown: Well, being president — because I’ve been a president for 20 years, you know - it never ends. I mean there’s not vacation.
Even when you take a vacation, you’re on the phone. So I’m kind of looking forward to a little bit of time where that’s not constantly there. And of course, being a president, you get blamed for everything that goes wrong, but you get credit for everything that goes right, too, so it kind of goes both ways. I always say that as president, 95 percent of the things I apologize for, I didn’t do. And that’s just the nature of that. But that’s probably going to be nice. A lot of the constant pressure of - you name it - fundraising, enrollment, faculty, staff, personnel issues. All of that is somebody else’s problem now.
Cedars: Do you know any more about your plans after your first year as chancellor? Will you continue in that role? Dr. Brown: Oh, probably not. I think with a new president, the old president needs to go away. I mean, I don’t mean that in a bad way. But seriously, the old president needs to allow the new president to be the guy, and the old president should have very little influence and presence, I think. That’s really important. People around here say, ‘What about continuity?’ and so on. But that’s not nearly as important as recognizing that you’re rebooting the leadership, and it’s a misnomer that continuity is the lifeblood of an institution. And that may have been true 50 years ago, but not today.
Cedars: Explain a little bit more about why you think the old president should let the new president handle things. Dr. Brown: When you’ve been president for 10 years or so, every time people see you, you’re the one responsible. You’re the boss, etc. And so if you’re still hanging around, they’ve had that ingrained in them, and then you’ve got somebody new that’s supposed to be in that role, it’s hard. And he’s going to do things differently and going to have different values and different strengths and so on. And he needs to be embraced in that leadership and not have people comparing. Because comparisons are over. You can’t do that. That ship has sailed. He’s the captain, and you don’t need another hand on the rudder.
Cedars: Is there anything else you’d like to share? Dr. Brown: It’s just been an incredible time for Lynne, for me. I think I shared with everybody - we thought we’d be here for about five years. ... God extended that, and we’re grateful for that. We thought about it at five years, of stepping down then. But thought, ‘No, there’s still some things that we feel God wanting us to do,’ and there was still a lot of support and encouragement for us then, so we stayed on and doubled that. But we’ve loved every second of it. It’s been great.
Below: Dr. Brown met and prayed with students after speaking for the final time in chapel on Monday, April 22. His last full chapel was April 8, but he took the stage one last time to say farewell to students and to perform a song with the OneVoice Gospel Choir.
Photos by Stephen Port
Changes for Bible Dept. as Faculty Depart
by Lauren Eissler
any changes have occurred at Cedarville over the past year, especially in the Bible department. Professor T.C. Ham said he’s leaving Cedarville for both personal and institutional reasons, and Professor Shawn Graves said he’s leaving because his job will be eliminated in the spring of 2014. Ham, assistant professor of Old Testament, will be leaving Cedarville at the end of the semester. “I started looking [for a new job] in the beginning of the fall – before the resignation of Dr. Brown and the resignation of Carl Ruby,” Ham said. “The first push [was] what was happening in the summer months.” During the summer, the proposed theology major was shut down by the board of trustees with very little information given, Ham said. Ham said that his reasons for leaving were more personal than institutional, though there were also institutional reasons. His personal reasons were mainly regarding the departure of Bible professor Michael Pahl last August. “He’s my best friend,” Ham said. “Michael is like a brother to me that I never had. If somebody – even institutionally – treats someone that you care about poorly, it hurts. So it sent a signal to the rest of us how we are going to be treated. There’s no more academic freedom. That’s when I started looking.” Ham was offered a contract for next year, which he turned down. He will be teaching next year at Malone University, a small Christian liberal arts school in Canton, Ohio. “One of the things I’m looking forward to is the actual theological diversity that exists in the faculty,” Ham said. “There’s a Baptist, there’s a Methodist, there’s Assemblies of God.” At Malone, the student body is not required to sign a confessional statement. Ham said that he’s looking forward to having this opportunity but is also a bit scared of it. “I was told that about a third of the body are explicitly unchristian,” Ham said. “I’m now going to have an opportunity to use my classroom to not just teach Christians but even have kind of an evangelistic mode, an evangelistic element to this. I’m excited about that.” “In a Christian institution, if this is really God’s work, … we don’t – we shouldn’t care where you do it,” Ham said. “If you flourish here, praise God. If you flourish somewhere else, praise God. It’s all God’s kingdom work. If indeed, we’re doing God’s work, it doesn’t matter where you do it – here, Africa, Ohio, Indiana, Texas – it wouldn’t matter.” Currently, there is an ad on Cedarville’s website advertising for an assistant professor of Old Testament, but no one has been hired yet, said Chris Miller, the chair of the biblical and ministry studies department. “We have a candidate coming to campus the week of the 22nd,” Miller said. “For a lot of the courses [Ham was sched-
uled to teach], students have already signed up for them, so we can’t change those times and stuff like that,” Miller said. “When we hire a new person, then I’ll take a look at the entire team and see who should take whatever classes.” Another professor is leaving Cedarville, but the school is not looking for a replacement for him. Shawn Graves, assistant professor of philosophy, said he will not be returning in the fall. Graves’ job was eliminated with the removal of the philosophy major, but he was offered a terminal contract for next year. If he had accepted that contract, he would be gone from the school after the next academic year, David Mills, associate professor of philosophy, said. The elimination of the major made looking for a job necessary, but Graves began looking before that, after witnessing colleagues and friends go through difficult times, like being subjected to doctrinal review or investigation, he said. “These things certainly prompted me to keep an eye on the job market even prior to the explicit proposal to eliminate the philosophy major,” Graves said.
“If somebody – even institutionally – treats someone that you care about poorly, it hurts.” T.C. Ham
Assistant Professor of Old Testament This fall, Graves will be a tenure-track assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Findlay in northwest Ohio, he said. In addition to Graves’ job being removed as a consequence of the philosophy major elimination, Mills said he will not be directing the honors program in the fall. At the beginning of this semester, Mills was in a meeting where he was given the implications of the elimination of the philosophy major. At that point, Graves had not found another job, so they were planning for him to stay one more year, till 2014, Mills said. In 2014, there would be too many hours of philosophy classes for Mills to have room in his schedule to teach them and do the honors program. The plan was to have Mills oversee a doubling of the honors program for the 2013-
2014 academic year then step down as director after that year. “I had actually proposed that doubling quite a while ago, and they had ignored the recommendation at the time and then decided to do it this year for financial reasons,” Mills said. “They did the math and realized that it actually saves the university money to recruit more honors students.” Honors students are more likely to enroll, stay on and graduate from Cedarville on time than the rest of the student population. This saves the university recruitment money, Mills said. Mills wanted them to take a year to find his replacement as director of the honors program. During this year, he would continue to operate the program as usual instead of overseeing the doubling. Mills said he wanted to do it this way so that he wouldn’t build a new program that his replacement would end up changing. However, Mills’ proposal was refused. “My only option,” Mills said, “was to do all that work and carry a 41-hour teaching load – 17 hours of overload – to make that happen or be done. And since I would not do the overload and do all of that work, they removed me from the program starting next year.” Since Graves has now found a job for next year and won’t be at Cedarville in the fall, his teaching load needs to be covered, Mills said. There are also changes being discussed regarding the philosophy minor. “They keep on talking about strengthening the minor,” Mills said. “Right now, the minor consists of 15 hours of any philosophy classes. The strengthened minor, at least the last proposal I saw for that, says you have to take intro, ethics and logic, and then two electives.” Because Graves is leaving and Mills has to fill Graves’ teaching shoes and won’t direct the honors program, the director of the honors program will be Tom Mach, chair of the department of history and government. Mach will be overseeing the expansion to the current honors program. Another change in the Bible department is the shift in becoming a school instead of a department. Jason Lee will be the dean of the School of Biblical and Ministry studies, effective Aug. 1, 2013. With the arrival of the new dean, Miller will not be as involved with the administration. “I get to go back to the classroom and do what I love instead of all the administrative [work],” Miller said. Miller said the difference between being a department and a school at Cedarville is whether or not the program has a graduate program. “The reason why we’re being called a school is we’re going to have the master’s of ministry program, so we’ll have undergraduate and graduate,” Miller said. The master’s of ministry program will start up in the fall of 2014. April 2013
Professor David Mills enjoys teaching an honors class by Cedar Lake.
Professor T.C. Ham teaches a section of Worldview Development.
Photos by Holly McClellan Mills is in his last year as director of the honors program. Mills has to use the credits he would normally teach in honors to teach additional philosophy classes, he said. April 2013
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Through Injuries, Athlete Focuses on God Pomento works through pain to perform record-breaking feats by Tabitha DeHart
You can just call me the hulk,” Anna Pomento told me, smiling. “Everyone does.” We were heading back from the first indoor meet of the season when we met for the first time; within minutes, we were talking about spiritual struggles, what God had been doing in our lives and where he was taking us. That God-focus is typical of Anna. Before she came to Cedarville, Anna attended Bowling Green State University for two years where she was a microbiology major. She also competed on the women’s track and field team for two injury-riddled seasons. God started to develop Anna’s heart for others while at Bowling Green; she became involved in ministries, but in many ways, felt spiritually dry. No one was pouring into her life. Anna heard about Cedarville from a friend who’s a student here. She knew the school had a great track team, which attracted her, but ultimately, it was the Christcentered community that drew her to Cedarville. Anna transferred last fall. In many ways, the school atmosphere has met her expectations. “Here I get to go to classes and just soak in stuff about Jesus and the gospel and learn about the Bible - and that’s definitely what I need to keep growing in Christ,” she said. Along with the school change, Anna switched from microbiology to international studies missiology once she came to Cedarville and added a sports ministry minor. “Get out of here and go to the Bible building,” Anna’s adviser told her when they met at the beginning of the year. The switch was a good one for Anna, who said, “My main goal is to be a missionary, so I was really taking a long way around it [with microbiology].” She also joined the throwing squad of Cedarville’s women’s track and field team. Dur-
ball the week before a church camp. “I was absolutely mad at God,” she said, “that week he broke me down to show me that I cannot do it on my own and that I’m not independent.” This injury was a turning point in Anna’s life; she thought she knew God before, but God showed her that she hadn’t really embraced him. “I accepted Christ because of an injury – because God took sports away,” Anna said. Though she still deals with some of the same struggles she did in high school, Anna has seen how God has been growing her through her injuries. “Here [at Cedarville], I’ve really learned the true meaning of worshipping though your sport,” Anna said. For Anna, worship is “anything that we do that we set our minds upon Christ with.” It’s something that she seeks to do whether she is healthy or injured, whether able to train to her full potential or not. “You can even worship through not doing things,” she said. Ultimately, Anna has come to see that performance is not the most important thing. “The only thing that matters is living for God in your sport because the records will be broken. That’s what they’re meant for,” she said. “Your seasons last for so long. The track meet lasts only for a day. What’s most important is glorifying God and living your life for him.”
ing the first indoor meet of the season, she set a school record in the shot put, then broke her own record a week later with a 12.26 meter heave. Anna was competing well, but then she suffered a shoulder injury. Anna said that throughout her life, injuries have been God’s way of getting her attention and humbling her.
“Sports became an outlet for the anger and hurt I was experiencing,” Anna said of her time in high school and of some time in college. When God took away sports for a time through injuries, she turned to self-harm. “Even when I was healthy, if I performed horribly or didn’t live up to the expectations of my family or my coach or my team, I would hate my life and not want to live,” Anna said. In 2009, Anna broke her foot playing soft-
Tabitha DeHart is an English major and member of the track team.
Photo by Mark Yoder Above: Junior Anna Pomento came to Cedarville for athletic and spiritual reasons, and has found she’s grown in both ways since being here.
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Philosophy, Papers and the Pinkerton Raid From journalism to music, Cedarville grad has done it all by Becca Powlus
ife is far from what he expected. Cedarville graduate Jesse James DeConto never imagined where he would be today. DeConto is a former Cedarvillian and a musician through and through. As a freshman, he sang with the men’s glee club, then on the concert chorale and on Jubilate after that. He first started playing the electric bass with a worship team during weekly Christian meetings held at Wittenberg University. Jesse was also on the debate team for a few years, was in a play his freshman year, served as junior class chaplain, wrote for Cedars, worked as an RA for two years and played a variety of intramural sports. It’s obvious that sitting on the sidelines was never an option for this Cedarville alum. “Jesse was a thoughtful and curious student who seemed energized by exploring the world of ideas and art,” Scott Calhoun, professor of English at Cedarville, said. “He had an ability to cut through a lot of clutter and noise in life and wanted to focus on what following Christ really meant in thought and practice. He was an inspiring person, and he was creative,
too.” After graduating from Cedarville in 1999 with a degree in philosophy and a lot of varied experiences, DeConto went on to acquire a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked for a combined 11 years as a newspaper reporter and editor with the Xenia Daily Gazette, the Portsmouth Herald and the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Apart from his involvement with the newspaper, DeConto had been writing sporadically as a freelance writer for various magazines since leaving Cedarville. In 2004, he received a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship to write about Latino immigrants in North Carolina. DeConto said that fellowship really helped him build his “network of magazine editors.” Today, Jesse says he most often writes for The Christian Century magazine. “I’m always looking for evidence that God really is at work reconciling the world,” DeConto said, “and I’m grateful that the Century is interested in those sorts of stories.” DeConto’s articles have also appeared in magazines like Reason, Prism, Sojourner, and Fast Company. He has also written blog posts
for The Huffington Post. “I’ve also been able to write stories to hold government accountable or simply to name the ‘good’ of creation,” DeConto said. “My faith is often not obvious in my writing, but it does motivate me.” When DeConto was at Cedarville, he thought he would go off to seminary and become a pastor or be involved in some position where he could teach and write about God and spiritual life. “Instead, I met the girl who would become my wife in my last quarter there,” DeConto said. “A year later, we married, and within a few months we were expecting our first child. I was working as a newspaper reporter then, something I thought was temporary, but I ended up doing it for 11 years as we had another daughter, and I had to take care of my family. It was a very hard marriage, and it ended after seven years. Divorce wasn’t something I ever imagined for my life. I had to work through the pain and sense of failure, and after a few years of single fatherhood with a lot of support from my family, I eventually met my new bride.” DeConto said that his wife, Julie, has empowered him to pursue the callings that are so
Cedarville alumnus Jesse James DeConto performs with The Pinkerton Raid, an indie pop band he helped start in 2010.
Photo by Tyler Mahoney
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT close to his heart. “Without her encouragement, I couldn’t do what I’m doing now,” he said. “I had dreams of going to seminary, writing a book, recording music and writing for magazines. It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve been able to do these things.” For the past few years, DeConto has been working on writing a book entitled “This Littler Light: Some Thoughts on NOT Changing the World.” This spiritual memoir is due to be released next year. But that’s not the only creative endeavor this Cedarville alum is currently working on. He is also involved with the band The Pinkerton Raid, serving as the band’s frontman. The Pinkerton Raid, an indie pop band, started in 2010 under DeConto’s leadership. “I had a couple of dozen songs, and I wanted to make an album,” DeConto said. “I mainly sing and play bass, so I found a guitar player on Craigslist, and he found a drummer and then another guitar/keyboard player. We played together for a few months, and then my sister Katie joined. At first, she just sang, but then the second guitarist/keyboard player quit, and I remembered Katie had taken some piano lessons as a kid. She was up for trying it, and it turned out she still had some chops. We went through a lot of turnover in 2011 and 2012. We went through four different drummers, and Katie and I are the only ones left from when we first started.” Near the beginning of 2012, DeConto’s sister Katie suggested they bring their younger brother, Steven, to play guitar and ukulele. The three DeConto siblings recently went on tour through the Midwest, playing shows in Columbus and Dayton. There are three others members involved with the band now as well. “We’re really, really happy with this current lineup and hopefully this will be the band that works together on the next album,” DeConto said. Jesse said the band’s biggest challenge at the moment is trying to satisfy everyone’s different musical tastes. “I like to make dark, pulsing pop along the lines of The National,” Jesse said. “Steven and Katie like things a bit more fun, like Mumford & Sons or Ingrid Michaelson. So we’re constantly negotiating a sound that stays true to the spirit of the songs I’ve written but that creates as much fun as possible for the band and the audience.” When asked where the band’s unique name, The Pinkerton Raid, came from, DeConto said: “My mama named me Jesse James. The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was a company of private, mercenary police who were hired by the train barons to chase the James Gang around Missouri. The ‘Raid’ was when the Pinkertons firebombed the James Ranch, killing Frank and Jesse’s little brother and maiming their mother’s arm. I don’t know who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in that story, and that seems to be the truth of humanity - there’s good and bad in all of us.” April 2013
Jesse James DeConto serenades a crowd at Ghostlight Coffe in Dayton on April 6 this year.
Photos by Becca Powlus and Drew Nelsen The three DeConto siblings (Jesse, Steven and Katie) each bring a unique talent and sound to the fun-loving band, The Pinkerton Raid.
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Editors’ Picks BOOKS
“When Crickets Cry” by Charles Martin
“Anthem Song” by Aaron Gillespie
Charles Martin has the rare and refreshing ability to put complex human emotions into words. His characters feel like real people, with deep struggles, beautiful flaws and rich complexities. “When Crickets Cry” tells the story of a man broken by tragedy, a tragedy that is revealed in bits and pieces of his past, in ways that are never cliché. Like only the best novels can, “When Crickets Cry” will break your heart and heal it at the same time.
Frontman of The Almost and former Underoath drummer, Aaron Gillespie blessed us with his debut solo record, “Anthem Song,” two years ago. The album is a fantastic collection of worship songs, some of them well known and others original. Gillespie proves himself to be not only a talented musician, but also a man who deeply desires to bring honor to Christ and encourages us to do the same.
MOVIES “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” 2002’s “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” endures as one of the greatest and most under-appreciated dramas of all time. The movie is heavily based on the novel of the same title by Chris Fuhrman; it was Fuhrman’s only novel before he tragically passed away from cancer at age 31. The film adaptation, set in a 1970s American town, features three of the industry’s most gifted young actors: Emile Hirsh, Kieran Culkin and Jena Malone. Hirsh and Culkin star as Francis Doyle and Tim Sullivan, close friends who journey through their maladjusted teen years as students of a strict Catholic nun, played by Jodie Foster. As the boys work on their adventurous and obscene comic book, the film incorporates unique cinematography by bringing the animated scenes to life alongside the basic storyline. Francis’ and Tim’s adventures demonstrate the teenage mind’s ability to arrive at surprisingly deep philosophical conclusions about life’s meaning and morality. The film masterfully develops these characters and shows them dealing with complicated and weighty issues such as perverseness in domestic relationships and premature death. Culkin’s funny, heartfelt and insightful portrayal of Tim single-handedly tears down the societal parallel between supposed moral maturity and existential knowledge. The misbehaviors of the teens become entirely understandable and relatable to the honest viewer, for the carefully-crafted characters truly embody essence of humanity. The ability of “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” to appeal to the literary mind — the film offers odes to the works of William Blake — while incorporating vigorously entertaining animations which allow hope to endure amidst tragedy marks the drama as unique and undoubtedly worthwhile to those who appreciate good art.
“Sevens” by Garth Brooks Garth Brooks’ 1997 album “Sevens” was released at the height of his popularity in culture and the music industry. The album is one of the artist’s six diamond albums — units that have sold over ten million copies each — and only the Beatles can boast the same feat of monumental fame. Yet when one considers the most well-known hits of Garth Brooks, the conversation usually turns to the anthems of his previous works, and the songs of “Sevens” are somewhat of an afterthought. Though Brooks is known as a country music artist, his works go well beyond the bounds of stereotypical country music and venture into beautiful ballads and universal music of the singer-songwriter genre. “Sevens” particularly highlights the musician’s ability to appeal to listeners outside the country genre, as at least I myself can attest to, because I do not consider myself a country fan whatsoever, yet I deeply appreciate Brooks. From the simple yet inspiring sing-along songs “How You Ever Gonna Know?” and “Do What You Gotta Do” to the haunting “I Don’t Have to Wonder” to the World War I-set “Belleau Wood,” Brooks’ outstanding voice joins a warm serenade of piano, violins and steel and accoustic guitars to create what I consider to be the greatest album of all time.
“Sailing Back to You” by The McAuley, Horan and O’Caoimh Trio Last semester, I discovered two things: that I’m part Irish and this fine music group from the home country. I doubt it’s because of my 0.05 percent Irish blood, but this album has quickly become what gets me from my house to campus at eight o’clock every morning. Intricate fiddle lines, acoustic guitar and McAuley’s smooth vocals has made this almost as much of a morning staple for me as coffee from my Keurig.
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A fake psychic running a private detective agency with his squeamish and cantankerous best friend – that’s the makings for a pretty good show. Now in it’s seventh season, Psych is one of the funniest and freshest comedy-drama series out there. Each character has such a distinct personality, and every episode involves a smattering of witty oneliners and hilarious predicaments. Psych is a show you just can’t help but fall in love with.
“Gilmore Girls” If you are looking for a show bursting with witty banter, laugh out loud humor, and a relationship to fall in love with, your search ends here. Gilmore Girls, arguably the best drama/comedy to ever come out of the CW, aired for 7 seasons and continues to thrive through re-runs on ABC Family. Created by the masterful Amy Sherman, this addicting motherdaughter duo grabs you from episodeone, taking you from laughs to tears (but usually laughs) and warms your heart as your watch their quirky lives unfold before you.
“Revolution” Yes, I can predict about a complete line a week from NBC’s new action-adventure drama about the world sans electricity. Yes, Tracy Spiridakos’ female heroine Charlie Matheson seems a bit too much like a Katniss Everdeen rip-off. But nonetheless, Revolution serves as a 45-minute mindless break from the stresses of college. A week before summer break, that’s not something I care to complain about.
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“Arrested Development” If you haven’t watched this show yet, you’ve made a huge mistake. Running for a criminally short three seasons, it’s the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. Filled with more running gags, antisocial behavior and family dysfunction than you can shake a hook hand at, it may take a couple of episodes to jump on this stair-car, but once you do…baby, you’ve got a stew going. Aggressive fan lobbying has brought this gem back down from the attic for another season on Netflix starting this May, so it’s not yet the final countdown. So sit down with your friend, your mom, your mom’s ex-best-friend, your therapist – maybe a singing puppet – grab an ice cream sandwich or a frozen banana, and enjoy an afternoon of delight. You won’t be blue if you do.
“Bomb Girls” This Canadian import is more than enough to forgive our northern neighbors for loosing a certain ferret-faced pop star on the world. The show focuses on women working in a munitions factory during World War II, trying to navigate the trials of a world that is rapidly changing. The sheer rarity of a series that so unabashedly showcases women’s lives (and not just their relationships) makes it worthy of notice, but this show deserves special recognition for creating female characters with a power and complexity rarely seen on TV at all. Add to that consistently solid writing and acting (not to mention a painless history lesson) and it’s easy to feel less guilty about the level of emotional involvement Bomb Girls can inspire. A cadre of rabid fans is currently fighting to keep it aloft, and here’s to hoping they succeed, as we certainly need more shows where strong, nuanced female characters are the rule rather than the exception.
EO Burgers is the best restaurant EVER! My freshman year I was walking around The Greene with some of my friends, and I was craving a good burger. We happened upon a restaurant called Extra Ordinary Burgers. I am so glad I was craving a burger that day because it is now my favorite burger. You should all go. Take it from a former vegetarian you won’t be disappointed by these juicy, tasty burgers.
I’m a journalism major who loves technology, so for me, my laptop is my trustworthy companion. So when it had to make an unfortunate weeklong visit to a Columbus Apple Store to be repaired, my productivity could’ve flatlined, but for the cloud. Thanks to the internet cloud features of Google Drive, Dropbox and – of course – my ever-favorite Evernote digital note-taking app, I was able to not entirely skip homework for a week. The cloud has not let me down yet.
Geocaching Looking for something fun to do outdoors this summer? Try geocaching! There are 2,050,496 active geocaches and over 5 million geocaches worldwide! Just think – you only need a GPS to start on this adventure. Just plug the coordinates into a GPS and explore away. On this adventure, remember to take a pen and maybe some small trinkets with you. When you find the geocache, sign the log, trade a trinket, and go find another!
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Inversions Hope to Grow, Compete by Ade Mahadzir
he Inversions, Cedarville University’s first and very own a cappella choir, made its arrival to Cedarville’s campus just last year. In the past few years, a cappella singing has been gaining popularity among the younger generation. A cappella is the art of creating a musical piece only with sounds from the mouth. Many schools across America and the world have taken up this art, and popular TV shows like “Glee” have helped boost its popularity. Jeremy Witt, a founding member of the Inversions, got involved with a cappella music during high school and instantly fell in love with it. He knew that it was something he wanted to pursue in college, but he also knew Cedarville didn’t have any such group. After talking with peers and making an effort to get people excited about the possibility of forming
an a cappella group, the Inversions finally met. “In about October of 2011, we met for the first time,” Witt said. “And we began working on becoming an official org on campus.” Starting with only a few members and a lot of people transitioning in and out of group meetings, the Inversions finally put their foot down and established why they were doing this. “The thing that most of us come together for is just to be with people who enjoy singing and making music together and just making people happy,” said Heather Wismer, one of the pioneer members of the Inversions, “because it’s really hard to listen to a cappella music and not smile.” So far, the group has been well-received by the Cedarville campus. “I remember our first concert, and we had an estimate in attendance, but people just blew us away with how many people came out,” Witt
said. The Inversions are still in the process of becoming an official org on campus, and Wismer and another member, Carson Doyle, agreed that this is the hardest part of the process. “We didn’t have anything else to guide us on,” Doyle said. “There’s obviously other orgs on campus, but there hasn’t been an a cappella org. And there aren’t too many orgs that are similar to the nature of our group.” In a few years’ time, the Inversions plan to join the prestigious ICCA, the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. On a scale of one to ten, they say they currently rate themselves a four in their readiness to compete. For now, their plan is to work hard, become better and push forward. “What we do is so specific and requires a ton of time of everyone together,” Wismer said. “If you don’t have half the group there, your practice isn’t going to be worth anything.”
Movie Review: ‘The Host’ by Ade Mahadzir
anding a second series in the box office, Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, has now given us “The Host,” a new book-to-movie adaptation in the science fiction genre. The movie is set in the future, where earth has been invaded by an alien race called Souls. The movie, which was directed by Andrew Niccol, follows one Soul’s predicament when the mind of her human ‘host’ refuses to cooperate with her takeover. Undoubtedly, this new earth is a beautiful world that Meyer has created, combining ideas from the past and weaving them in with futuristic ideas. I must applaud Niccol for the visual magic that is portrayed on the silver screen. Although the beauty of this new world is irrefutable, it does not by any means eliminate the fact that Meyer is simply playing with the same familiar formula in her books. In fact, the love triangle shown in “The Host” is even more gag-inducing than the ones in Meyer’s previous efforts. Melanie (Saoirse
Ronan), as the human host of a Soul named Wanderer, is in love with Jared (Max Irons), who is still human. However, as the movie goes on, Wanderer begins to fall in love with Ian (Jake Abel), who is also still human. Throughout the whole movie, this romantic tension drives viewers like me to a certain level of disgust.
I really wanted to respect Ian’s character in the movie, as he is the only character that accepted Melanie or Wanderer into the human survivor group when others are doubtful.
But his attraction to Melanie is a clear warning sign, a very despicable move. It’s despicable because Jared and Melanie’s uncle, Jeb Stryder (William Hunt) had already drawn the line when they are trying to figure out if Melanie is still “alive” in her body because Wanderer is residing in her. As the audience sits through this whole film, the experience becomes eerily dull. The same note of emotion is played throughout the movie. This is a huge disadvantage in building suspense. “The Host” is supposedly under the genre of sci-fi, but the lack of suspense is a big letdown. Despite the many shortcomings of the film, Saoirse Ronan did not fail to shine with her superb acting. The cast does an excellent job on screen. The chemistry between all of them is so natural and flows very well. It is a pity, though, that the characters in “The Host” seem to be a sort of rip off of “Twilight,” the only difference being that the cast in “The Host” can actually act.
Our Social Posts: Will Our Children Care?
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often wonder about what the generations that follow ours will think of everything that we’ve done online. To be sure, all the tweets, posts, likes, bookmarks, emails, favorites, pictures, upvotes and shares will be there for them to view. Ours is the first genera-
tion that is remarkably preserving at least in some way a portion of each day. Where past generations might desperately search for the smallest trace of any record from their forebearers, our children won’t know where to begin in the sea of content we’ve created. I won’t go so far as to say that it’s necessarily a bad thing; it’s just that it is a new issue. Whether it’s the mundane (the songs I starred yesterday on Spotify, the funny pictures I upvoted on Reddit) or the profound (the numerous meaningful articles that I’ve saved on Instapaper), those who come after will learn quite a bit about me by the digital breadcrumbs I’m leaving. Will they be fascinated by my life and the experiences I’ve shared with those who past generations never had the chance to know? Or will they be saddened by how much time I wasted? Will they wish I had invested that time in other things? I’m not sure. That’s for them to decide. My generation’s overwhelming obsession with tweets like “SKIPPING CLASS TO SHOP! #YOLO” and Instagram shots of the latest meal (from multiple angles) won’t exactly leave the impression that we thought very deeply (whether that’s true or not). But perhaps
they won’t even care enough to look at what we’ve been creating for them: the greatest history textbook that has ever been created. If they follow in our footsteps, I wouldn’t be surprised. Perhaps that’s on us. I probably shouldn’t condemn them before they’re born though, should I? Every generation thinks about how they’ll be viewed by those who come after them. But one can’t help but wonder what a uniquely detailed legacy our generation will leave. It certainly makes one think. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think social media is all bad. I don’t even think you should not have fun online. I’m not calling on you to
Ours is the first generation that is remarkably preserving at least in some way a portion of each day.
only tweet astute intellectual observations. I don’t want you to close up your Facebook account. We should consider what we’re leaving out there as a legacy. So next time you’re about to post, even if it’s just for a fraction of a second, think about the fact that on the Internet, nothing dies. Nathan Pilling is a contributing writer and videographer for Cedars. He is a junior journalism and broadcasting & digital media double major.
A Thank You from Cedars’ Managing Editor
W Holly McClellan
ell, it’s that time of the year again. The tulips are blooming, the sun is passive-aggressively shining and bridge-crossers are whining about impromptu showers from the Cedar Lake fountains. It’s been a tough year, friends. We’ve seen some stuff. The good, the bad and the meh. The terrible and the tweetable. The awesome days in Christ and the days where the package waiting for you at the post office is just a textbook. We’ve said goodbye to Chuck, Carl Ruby and Dr. Brown. And Peef the Christmas Bear has peefed his last peef. But Cedarville still stands and with it this award-winning student news publication. It
has been an honor and a privilege to serve you all as managing editor this year. Because it’s you, the students, who are the lifeblood of Cedars. You deplete our newsstands and fill our pages with the stories of your lives. So whatever you do with Cedars – peruse it, study it, talk about it, line your birdcage with it – thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It’s been real. Holly McClellan has worked for Cedars for her three years of college, serving as an A&E writer (2010-2011), A&E editor (20112012) and managing editor (2012-2013). She is a senior journalism major.
Photo by Stephen Port Melanie Redfield, sophomore, competes in the 3k steeplechase during the Cedarville University All-Comers Meet last Saturday, April 20.